While California’s Governator has already signed a bill that will make it illegal to produce or sell foie gras as of 2012, San Francisco’s getting ahead of the curve with the passage of a resolution that supports restaurants that voluntarily remove foie gras from their menus.
Foie gras has been the subject of debate between animal right’s activists and chefs along with those who can’t seem to live without feasting on a duck’s diseased fatty liver.
Those who support foie gras have argued that they’ve been to foie gras farms and believe that the birds are being treated humanely, which just begs the question, what is humane foie gras?
Aside from the abuse by handlers, and deplorable living conditions, the entire purpose of foie gras farms is to raise ducks with big fat diseased livers, causing them to suffer extreme agony, as their livers grow to ten times their normal size. That alone would appear to make any argument that foie gras can be humane completely moot.
Cheers to this resolution and to California for being the first state to ban foie gras!